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Aurelien Panis in his Andros eTrophy car on a track made of snow. The car is driving away from the camera

Panis snatches Lans en Vercors victory

Aurellien Panis snatched the win in the opening Andros eTrophy race of the weekend at Lans en Vercors. 

Panis, who started second, pushed his way past pole sitter Dorian Boccolacci off the line and was unstoppable throughout the remainder of the race. He finished more than five seconds clear of P2. 

Panis got the best start off the line and was alongside Boccolacci almost before the pole sitter started moving. Boccolacci tried to fight back but it was Panis ahead by the first corner. 

The Team Sebastien Loeb Racing driver then made a mistake, running wide later in the lap. Nathaneal Berthon easily slipped past and Boccolacci was left to fight with Yann Ehrlacher for third. Ehrlacher got through before Boccolacci could shut the door. While Boccolacci stuck with Ehrlacher through the remainder of the race, there were no opportunities to come back through and he took fourth. 

Panis, meanwhile, sped to an easy victory ahead of Berthon, 5.317s clear. The win means Panis narrowly extends his points lead in the championship with just two races remaining. 

Behind them, Jean-Baptiste Dubourg took a distant fifth, with Olivier Pernaut a lap down. 

In the second Finals, Jimmy Clairet took a dominant win, eight seconds clear of Yvan Muller in P2.  

Jerome Grosset-Janin and Christophe Ferrier spent much of the race battling for third, with Grosset-Janin ultimately coming out on top. 

Image courtesy of Bruno Bade 



Bethonie Waring

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